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NGS Workforce Plan

Executive Summary


The purpose of this document is to:


The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) defines and manages the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS)using advanced geodetic, photogrammetric, and remote sensing techniques. NSRS is a consistent national coordinate system that defines latitude, longitude, height, velocity, shoreline, and gravity and how these values change with time, across the United States.

This information is essential to support public safety, coastal stewardship, economic prosperity, and environmental well-being. It ensures the reliability of transportation, navigation, communication, defense systems, boundary and property surveys, land record systems, mapping and charting, public utilities, coastal zone management, natural resource mapping, and a multitude of scientific and engineering applications.

NGS conducts the coastal mapping program, which includes surveying the U.S. coastline and providing precise positions of the shoreline and other features. NGS is responsible for the photogrammetric mapping of all U.S. coastal regions, including the Great Lakes and U.S. territories.

NGS provides information needed for safe air transportation, including information used to develop instrument approach and departure procedures and to investigate aircraft accidents.

NGS also provides Federal leadership in developing specifications and standards for conducting geodetic surveys, coordinates the development and application of new surveying instrumentation and procedures, and assists state, county, and municipal agencies through a variety of cooperative programs.

The NGS Strategic Plan delineates how NGS accomplishes its mission and includes the following goal for outsourcing:

NGS Outsourcing Goal

By 2005, evolve the National Geodetic Survey into an agency that will, with no break or diminution of service, continue to fulfill its mission, and to be able, to the greatest extent possible, to rely on outsourcing for routine data collection, management, and processing, as well as contractible administrative and support functions.

The objectives of the NGS Workforce Plan are to:

NGS Core Responsibilities

NGS Workforce Core Capabilities and Competencies

- Policy analysis

- Strategic planning

- Project and program management/team leadership (manage government personnel)

- Workshop/training skills

- Geodetic analysis and liaison skills

- Data base management (includes Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS), shoreline, coordinates, and photographs)

- Advanced knowledge of geodesy and remote sensing to perform inherently governmental activities, e.g., development of guidelines, procedures, and standards.

- Project and program management

- Computer science

- Advanced knowledge of geodesy and remote sensing for research and development special project activities.

3. Quality Control/Quality Assurance:

- Negotiation (conflict resolution/mediation)

- Team leadership (manage office and field contract personnel)

- Workshop and training skills

- Advanced knowledge of geodesy and remote sensing to assure product quality and to deal with technical issues with contractors.

4. Management:

- Contract managing

- Business administration

- Financial management

- Human Resource Management

- Negotiation (budget/technical issues)

5. Customer Service

Required Expert Knowledge in Geodesy and Remote Sensing

- NAD 27, NAD 83, NGVD 29, NAVD 88, and ITRF systems,

- shoreline delineation,

- use of all NGS software (including manufacturers' software accepted by NGS), and

- expertise in constrained adjustment procedures.

- Synthetic Aperture Radar systems,

- LIDAR, and

- Hyper-and multi-spectral imaging systems and techniques.

- antenna calibration,

- multipath mitigation,

- all field survey procedures,

- project design and planning,

- satellite orbit determination,

- software development for real-time centimeter positioning, and

- static/kinematic techniques and data processing.

- general geodetic leveling field procedures,

- expertise in NGS first- and second-order leveling field procedures, and

- expertise in processing and adjusting leveling data.

- aerial cameras, - calibration procedures, and film handling and processing,

- flight-line layout for kinematic GPS operations,

- processing Inertial Navigation System data,

- processing aerial photographs via analytical and digital methods, including aerotriangulation procedures, and

- digital elevation modeling, orthophotography, and shoreline compilation methods.

- FAA No. 405 "Standards for Aeronautical Surveys and Related Products" and FAA FAR 77 Surfaces,

- NGS Airport Obstruction Survey field procedures: PAC and SAC establishment, and runway profiling.

- performing or directing specially designed or unique geodetic projects, and

- archiving results from any geodetic survey project.

- contract management,

- conducting educational (including hands-on) workshops,

- conducting quality assurance and quality control, negotiating with contractors, and

- managing survey efforts with both contract and government employees.

- the installation and operation of CORS sites, including knowledge of their development, hardware, and interaction with the NGS data base,

- International relationships, software processing and analysis,

- data handing (daily solutions),

- maintaining log files, site-info. files, CORS-ex files,

- archiving CORS data, and

- managing and overseeing the quality of the RINEX data and communications software.

- geodetic and remote sensing data validation, management, rescue, retrieval, formatting, and archiving.

- information resource management policies and procedures and

- system's architecture, design, and analysis.

Potential Contracting Opportunities

Geodetic Services:

- Archiving and distribution of data, software, and publications to the public and provide related customer service,

- Preparation of material explaining the products and services, role, and functions of the National Geodetic Survey,

- Conversion of historic data into computer-readable form, and Administrative support.

Coastal Mapping Program:

- Routine data acquisition of aerial photographs and GPS data,

- Routine data processing of aerial photographs and GPS data,

- Routine data compilation for feature extraction,

- Film processing, reproduction, and storage, and

- Camera calibration and maintenance.

Airport Survey Program:

- Routine data acquisition of aerial photographs and GPS data,

- Routine data processing of aerial photographs and GPS data,

- Routine data compilation for feature extraction,

- Routine obstruction charting field survey work,

- Film processing, reproduction, and storage, and

- Camera calibration and maintenance.

Geodetic Observations and Analysis:

- GPS project reconnaissance, routine data acquisition, and processing,

- Leveling project reconnaissance, routine data acquisition, and processing,

- Project adjustments and related analyses,

- Preparation of routine data files for loading into NGSIDB,

- Routine GPS CORS data acquisition/archiving, and

- Establishment of new GPS CORS stations.

Systems Development:

- PC Help Desk, maintenance, and support,

- Mini-computer systems administration and maintenance,

- Network and security analysis and management,

- Data base management and maintenance,

- WEB page development and design, and

- Systems analysis and computer programming.

Research and Development:

- Partnership opportunities for cooperative research and development and

- Absolute gravity data acquisition, processing, and analysis.

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